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Newborn Russia 26 May 2016 6 2055

Newborn Russia (E49) A humourous couple crack jokes while having their first child

Fourteen years after the birth of her first child, Anna finally agreed to a second one. Her husband, Anton, who convinced her to go through with it, will be present during labour and childbirth to support her. He is very excited to see how a new life begins. In the time since giving birth to her first child, Anna has forgotten how difficult it can be. She is also worried something may go wrong, but her doctors have reassured her that everything is going according to plan.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Elena is about to give birth for the first time. Her husband Pavel is there to support her, even though he’s not sure what he’s supposed to do. The young couple take a humourous attitude to life challenges and crack jokes all the way to encourage each other.

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In modern Russia, life usually begins in state maternity hospitals; run by medical experts who deliver new babies into the world. RT Doc takes you inside the labour ward to meet expecting mothers, nerve wracked fathers and the men and women who devote their lives to delivering children and facing any challenge that come their way.

Pregnancy and birth may be the greatest of life’s miracles but the babies don’t always read the plan! Some births go smoothly but others can be a challenging, emotional and frightening experience for a mother to be. Each case is different and requires an individual approach. Russia’s highly experienced and attentive doctors and midwives are there to help, often with ‘tough love’. They assist women at every step, providing medical and moral support and taking care of the newborn Russians.

In the Soviet era, husbands were never allowed into the delivery room, but now the practice has become more common. Men whose nerves can take it are welcomed to see their child coming into the world and offer their partners emotional support. In many cases though, it’s the men who end up needing support.

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The series captures the miracle of childbirth and shares the stories of women preparing to welcome a new life into their homes and hearts. Each one has a unique and touching background story to her impending motherhood. Some are happy wives and mothers, others are expecting a love child from a clandestine relationship. Some of the pregnancies were planned, others came as a huge surprise but were seen through to the end even though it could mean the end for romance. Then there are the heartrending stories of parents who have tried for a baby for years and are finally rewarded with the joys of parenthood; some are first-time moms, others already have children and know what to expect from childbirth.

The series has it all, overdue pregnancies, premature and natural births and Caesarean sections, everything you could possibly want to know about child-birth complete with dramatic relationships and the fears and joys of becoming a mother – “Newborn Russia” on RT Doc.

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